6:42 pm - Monday June 18, 2018

Drivers in Ethiopia do not need traffic lights


Drivers in Ethiopia do not need traffic lights


This video shows the huge traffic at Maskel Square in Addis Ababa, crosses safely, even when there is no traffic lights on this square. Maskel Square, is the nerve center of Addis Ababa where thousand vehicles cross daily. It is like all of the drivers in Ethiopia have a perfect balance of aggressiveness and politeness, with no disrupts acting too aggressively or too passively. Most of the viewers on internet get surprised when they watch this huge traffic moving safely through this crossroad.

Ethiopia is a country located in the Horn of Africa. Like India and China, Ethiopia is the most populous landlocked country in the world, as well as the second-most populated nation on the African continent. Ethiopia is one of the fastest growing economics in the world and government has begun a sustained effort to improve its infrastructure of roads. As of 2002, it has 33,297 km of paved and gravel roads, as you can see in this video. Although there is no traffic lights on this square but still the roads are wide enough for the huge traffic to cross safely. Road surfaces are frequently marked to guide traffic.

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You can watch people crossing roads safely through this huge traffic. The drives must be really good in this place to be able to drive like that where they have to look at all directions at the same time. Now people have become use to such traffic conditions. This only works because of how sparse the traffic is. With heavier traffic, that intersection would become jammed in on time. Ethiopia may not have traffic lights but at least they paved roads and a decent infrastructure, compared to many other African countries.

At the same time let me share one more thing with you guys, the traffic conditions do not remain same all the time as you just watched in this short video, although this short period depicted in this video is free of accidents but Ethiopia has the second highest rate of road fatalities in the world. Although the video is interesting and impressive in a way, but it is not a good way to handle traffic.  So Ethiopian government should do something about it at least they should put traffic lights on such crossroads.

Thanks for watching this interesting video and i hope you guys like it.


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